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T Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign results in 134 alcohol— or drug-related arrests ' and citations BISMARCK, ND. — Law en— forcement agencies across the state participated in the national en- forcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, from December 14, 2018 through January 31, 2019, to deter motorists from driving im— paired. A total of 637 citations were at— tributed to the added enforcement patrols. Of the total citations, 77 were alcohol-related, of which 66 were driving under the influence (DUI) ar- rests. There were another 19 arrests or citations for other alcohol-relat— ed violations such as minor in con- sumption or open container and 38 drug—related arrests. Impaired driving is 100 percent preventable and stopping it can prevent tragedies on North Dakota’s roads. Every driver and vehicle oc— cupant in North Dakota can help meet the state’s goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious in- juries by taking personal responsi- bility when travelling on the road. This means wearing a seat belt at all times, transporting children in child passenger safety seats appropriate for the child’s age and height, driving distraction free, driving sober (i.e. not under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs) and obeying all posted speed limits. High-visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a col— laborative effort to eliminate motor vehicle deaths in North Dakota. Learn more about traffic safety initiatives at VisionZeroND. gov or join the conversation on the Vision Zero ND F acebook or Twitter page. changes on when and where he drives can go a long way in helping keep him safe and driving longer. Adjustments may include not driv- ing after dark or during rush hour traffic, avoiding major highways or other busy roads, and not driving in poor weather conditions. You can find more tips at AAA Senior Driving at SeniorDriv- ing.AAA.com. And finally, when it gets to the point that your dad’s driving isn’t safe anymore and he needs to quit, The Hartford Financial Services Group and MIT AgeLab offers two helpful resources. Go to The- Hartford.com/lifetime — click on “Publications” on the menu bar — and download or order the “At the Crossroads” and/or “We Need to Talk” guides. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, PO. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. ta uses her civic engagement skills to run a nonprofit event in North Dako— 4-‘H leadership activities such asCitizenship in Action also have hen-i efited communities. Two former Mercer County 4—H youth who had at- tended the program were inspired to create a food drive for a local food pantry in 2012. They held the drive during a highly attended basketball game between two high school rivals. The drive has become an annual event sponsored by the 4-H Ambassadors in the county. Contact an Extension agent in your county or visit the North Dakota 4-H website at https://www.ndsu.edu/4h/ to learn more about or register for LAW or other 4-H events. Truck Drivers Wanted Full time, Part time, Local and Over the Road. No Northeast loads Contact Marvin at 701-248-3204 Get trained. Save a life. You’ll be glad you did. FREE Community CPR Course Thursday, February 28th — (5:151’M-8:8(_)1’M At the Park River Arrrbularrce Building (203 Code Avenue North) Items that will be covered are: Corrrpressirins-only CPR lbradulrs, children, and infants. ' Care ol‘clrokirrg rhinos in all age categories. 0 Ilse ol‘arr .r\utorrrated External Defibrillator (AICD). The American Heart .‘\ssociatiorr Chain ol'Sur'r'ival. r The course is in corrrpliarrce with fire Arrrerican llear'l .“\ssociation (Al IA) guidelines and is taught by certified Al lA instructors. .. n .wrmam....w,..-.. mu... “mains...” COMMUNITY HE WALSH COUNTY PRESS - Wednesda , Februar Ymawlentin and Top: Kjelland, Park River Bible Camp Executive Director and Samantha Anderson sit in front of a warm fire and blow bubbles at the Valentines Famiy Bash at the Park River Bible Camp. This event was to romote Giving Hearts ay. Bottom Left: Park River firemen Nate Re- nard, (l-r) Evan Freeman, and Adam Koenig served up a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, pan- cakes, ham and tater rounds at the Park River Fire Hal du ' the fire de partment’s eetheart Breakfast. Bottom Right: H GitslTeriThorrfi- son rought her daug ters Blair Thompson, 3, (left) and Kelsey Thomp- son, 1, to the ourth an- nual Park River Frremen's Sweetheart Breakfast in the Park River Fire Hall. y Janne Myrdal Sen. District 10 BISMARCK, N.D. — Can it get any colder? Maybe I’m getting old or more likely winters are getting old to me? Looking forward to clear roads and warmer days. On that note I have asked the Governor to consider reducing the require- ments for our schools as it relates to storm days this year. We trust our school officials to make wise decisions to keep our students safe during this weather. There is a bill coming over from House that we will fast track to help our schools this year, and we will get it to Governor to sign asap after cross over. Speaking of cross over, we are closing in on the half way mark of the 66th Legislative Ses- sion. Our Judiciary is actually done with our work on Senate bills and we have started hearing House bills already. The AG committee has a large load of issues before us this Session. Last week we sat in sev- eral lengthy hearings on issues ranging from ND wineries to roving grain buyers. As many have read in the news there was serious issues with the latter subject in Central part of our state this past year where producers and grain elevators were caught in insolvency afier dealing with a roving grain buyer. The whole story is yet to surface, but in conversations with our AG department and our Public Service Commissioners, it became clear it had to be addressed. Hence SB2346 was in- troduced. It is lengthy and detailed and deals with the indemnity fund for clairnents, - something that , has caused some good debates. In the end this passed out of our committee favorably. The most talked about bill in AG has of course l3,20|9 4(54 l/O 1c 55 Legislaz've Update: Closin in on t rk been the trespassing bill which I have mentioned before. It should come out with a vote soon and it seems all parties were willing to compromise some and are in the end supporting the legisla- tion. It will basically leave land in three categories, all at the discretion of the landowner, - open, closed or a third option where landowner requests you contact them for access.- None requires post- ing anymore. Information will be an online pro- vided by Game and Fish. Yes, it sounds com- plicated, but it is indeed a changing world, and though some of us may never use an app on our electronic devices for such information, the younger generations live in that world It will take some getting used to but in the end it will pro- tect property owners yet still honor the long held traditions of hunting and outdoorsmanship. A second issue before our AG committee is the Cottage Food Industry, SB2269. We just had a four hour hearing on this bill. There is lots of mis information out on social media regarding this issue. I ampresently working with several parties to amend the language to clarify intent. This bill in no way takes away the rights of the cottage industry, actually ND is the second least restrictive state in the nation. However, there are FDA and USDA restrictions on certain products, - and we cannot fail to use common sense in the best interest of public food protections for the cit- izens of ND. We have very little food born ill- nesses in our state and we want to make sure we keep it that way while preserving liberties. In the end we will go to conference committee with the House on this I hope. Again, please contact me with concerns on this issue as again so much mis information has prevailed. We will work together wvwvu- “mm”. .«w.w.‘.»..~...-.K,--. v.1". . 1).“... “.4 . _. ... . .. . . is”. 1 -_.--..-.._.....___.._..._.__..l on this issue, and yes maybe disagree ofa few provisions, but that is what occurs with some complicated legislation. One thing I care deeply about is long term care , , for our elderly. We have “killed” a few bills on this issue, but they are bills not needed as the ap- propriations will hold these institutions at a 2-3 formula for coming biennium. I had pushed for g a 3-3 hold in funding, but with revenue as low as it is, budgets are being stretched. Yet long term care always remain a priority to me. I am work- ing with our federal delegation to lift some ofthe regulatory burdens associated with Medicaid pay— ments on this issue. Our rural area does not al— ways need to be under the same regulations as say New York City. Some of the federal mandates ‘ are quite frankly not common sense for ND. Coming up in the next ten days will be most- ly budget issues and we are digging in to the de- tails of it all daily. Included in that is the infra structure funding for counties and cities in the Prairie Dog bill, which I support in its’ current form. I will continue to vote against any legis- lation that attempts to use the principle of the Legacy fund. Earnings absolutely, but 1 firmly be- lieve we must grow the principle so we will reap the greater harvest for the future. Senate just passed bond funding for Harris Hall, and other AG building projects at NDSU. I know this is of‘special interest to our district and a passion for many. There are some requirements '- for private fimding for these projects before the ' state monies are applied. Editor Is Note: Myrdal is a Senator in the North A , r 6 ind/sun's I' vwxyyy ‘- - r :- A- c 9 s Dakota Senate far District 10. Contact her at jmyrdal@nd.gov or 701 0946. , Capitol insightrRights, marijuana, upcoming forum By Chuck Damschen ment of the population that is not named is not allowed those same original measure that the public that had to be corrected by the leg- 'l‘his course oller‘s rro CPR card. llower'er, you can get a card with payrrrerrl ol‘$l.‘) to Park River .'\mbularrce. This is the price set by the Al lA. No prolit is being made from the cards. I Call 701—284-4566 to sign up. The class is limited to 15 people. First” Care HEALTH CENTER Rep. District 10 BISMARCK, N.D. -—— We are very busy with daily sessions and will be working long hours to vote on all the House bills before crossover. As I write this, we have one more hearing in Human Services, the special rights for LGBT bill. We have had similar bills in the last, I believe, three ses— sions. I am all for equal rights un- der the law, but not special rights. When you enumerate any rights , to certain groups, the “powers that be” tend to assume that any seg- rights. The way our US and ND Constitutions are written does not exclude anyone from inalien— able rights and protection under the law. We are still dealing with med- ical marijuana and the task of mak- ing a federally illegal, Schedule One drug available to the public for medicinal use for mostly urr- documented, minimally re- searched treatments. One of the major problems with addressing this issue is that when you read the passed in the 2016 General Elec- tion, it appears that the measure is an attempt to legalize recreation- al marijuana under the veil of med- ical marijuana. I don’t believe that most of our voters supported that strategy. Some say they read the whole measure and understood it before they voted. If that is true, shame on them, for the measure, as written, would have allowed six year olds to acquire “medical” marijuana without their parents’ knowledge or consent. The meas- ure had a number of other issues firl for the good judgement of the voters that turned down the at- tempt in 2018 to legalize mari- juana for recreational use. There will be a forum in Dis- .5": trict 10 in early March. I hope you will come out for it. In the mean- ..- time I can be reached by phone or islature last session. I am thank— at my state email, cdamschen 1. @nd. gov. Editoris Nomi Dril'vw‘hmt is , RCI/I'L'r5i‘lf..rr . .» .u r the North Dakota House ofRep— resentatives.